Our Diocese

The Liturgy Commission

The Cardinal is assisted in his responsibility for promoting good liturgical formation and celebration within the Diocese by the Liturgy Commission.

Fr Allen Morris is Chair of this Commission and helps to coordinate particular projects to advance the aims of the Cardinal.

The Bishop is to be considered as the high priest of his flock, from whom the life in Christ of his faithful is in some way derived and dependent.

Therefore all should hold in great esteem the liturgical life of the diocese centered around the Bishop. The pre-eminent manifestation of the Church consists in the full active participation of all God's holy people in these liturgical celebrations, especially in the same Eucharist, in a single prayer, at one altar, at which there presides the bishop surrounded by his college of priests and by his ministers.

Zeal for the promotion and restoration of the liturgy is rightly held to be a sign of the providential dispositions of God in our time, as a movement of the Holy Spirit in His Church. It is today a distinguishing mark of the Church's life, indeed of the whole tenor of contemporary religious thought and action.

cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 41 - 43

Contact details for Fr Allen Morris

Related links:

The Liturgy Office - England and Wales

 

Art and Architecture Committee

Chair: Fr Peter Newby

Tel 020 7247 8390

e-mail moorfields@rcdow.org.uk

The Art and Architecture Committee is appointed by the Cardinal to oversee applications for the building or re-ordering of churches in the Diocese of Westminster.

All works which involve changes to a church or chapel are to be referred to the Committee for its approval. Examples include changes to the sanctuary or its fittings; changes in lighting of the interior of the church; installation or removal of statues, icons, and stained glass; or changes to the external appearance or  entrance to the church.

The Application Process for any such work is set out in the Guidelines for Alterations to Churches in the Diocese of Westminster (The Diocesan Guidelines) (2006) available on the Art and Architecture Committee web pages of the diocesan website. Reference is also made to this process in paragraph 10.3 of the Parish Manual.

It is advisable for parishes to contact the Art and Architecture Committee at the earliest opportunity when beginning to consider a project. This will assist its smooth running.

In the case of work to be carried out in a listed church, once a project has been approved by the Art and Architecture Committee it must then be referred to the Historic Churches’ Committee, for the necessary statutory approval of works.

Churches and other places should be suitable for carrying out the sacred action and for ensuring the active participation of the faithful. In addition, the sacred buildings and requisites for divine worship should be truly worthy and beautiful, signs and symbols of heavenly realities.

Consequently, the Church continuously seeks out the noble assistance of the arts and welcomes the artistic expressions of all peoples and regions. Even more, just as the Church is intent on keeping the works of art and the treasures handed down from the past and, when necessary, on adapting them to new needs, so as well she strives to promote new works of art that appeal to the contemporary mentality.

On account of this, in commissioning artists and choosing works of art that are to become part of a church, true excellence in art should be required, as this nourishes faith and devotion and corresponds with the truth of the meaning and purpose for which it is intended.

General Instruction to the Roman Missal 288, 289